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Sydney - Survivors of an attack by machete-wielding masked men while trekking in the remote Papua New Guinea highlands told Sunday of the horror they had experienced.
Christy King, leader of the trek of seven Australian men and one New Zealand man, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the “frenzied” attack left two local porters dead and seven people severely wounded.
PNG police have launched a manhunt for the gang that attacked the trekkers and their 19 porters on Tuesday.
The injured trekkers were airlifted to Australia for treatment. King appealed for help for the injured PNG porters who are awaiting medical treatment at a local hospital.
“The attack was a frenzied bloody massacre which made no sense. I am so sorry for these men to have received such terrible injuries,” she said. King and the other trekkers are raising money for the porters to get the operations they need.
Australian trekker Zoltan Maklary told the ABC from his hospital bed in Australia he was attacked in his tent by a masked man with a knife. “In the end it was just survival,” he said.
John Hill said he saw a porter hacked to death as he tried to escape into the jungle.
The group was walking along the popular Black Cat Track from the coastal village of Salamaua to the mountain town of Wau when they were attacked in the middle of the night.
King, who lives in PNG with her husband running adventure holidays, said she did not know why the gang was attacked.
A former trek operator, Tim Vincent, told the ABC that locals believe the gang may be ex-criminals and jail escapees living in the jungle. Others suggest the gang may be rival villagers angry they missed out on jobs with the trek groups.